Unspoken

Unspoken

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by Jen Frederick
     
 

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Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.

I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior,

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**USA Today Bestseller** Now with updated content. A new extended 10,000 word epilogue written as a gift to readers has been added. Redownload your copy today to access the bonus content. No additional purchase necessary.

Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.

I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?

He's everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it's his charm. He's sliding his way into my heart and I'm afraid that he's going to be the one to break me.

Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.

I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I'll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.

She's everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she's been hurt too much in the past and I don't want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can't.

Editorial Reviews

Obsession with Books - Sharon C
Jen's writing is fluid and engaging and I was captivated by the natural dialogue and the believable characters' interactions; it was a book I found really difficult to put down and the overall message and the subject matter I think was dealt with extremely well.
Book Girl From South Carolina - Kelly SC
I LOVED having the dual voices. Seeing a story from both sides and being inside both of the main character's brains to see how they think has become my new favorite way to read a story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148723745
Publisher:
JenFrederick
Publication date:
09/13/2013
Series:
The Woodlands , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
64,342
File size:
656 KB

Meet the Author

Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

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Unspoken: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW!!! This book has it all and is for sure in my top 20 of "All time favorite books". I could tell I was going to LOVE this book within the first few chapters. It just grabs you in and does not let go! Please, for your reading enjoyment, buy this book! (You wont regret it)
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Unspoken was a great example as to why I love NA Contemporary Romance. There was passion, romance, and just enough drama to keep my heart thumping. The strength of this book was in the characters. Bo and AM's relationship made this a special book for me. When I first met Bo in Undeclared, I was intrigued to say the least. He was a bit difficult to read, but I also only got to see little bits of him. In this book, we learn more about this smoldering hot guy. He grew up in a wealthy home, but it was an unhappy home. He was a popular athlete in high school, but his best friend was from the wrong side of town. Together they formed a lifelong friendship. After high school, Bo and Noah enlisted in the Marines. After a few tours, they returned home and went to college. While Noah had his reasons for ending up at Central, Bo was just along for the ride. He's been satisfying his adrenaline needs with fighting and women. But then he meets AM. She's very different than any girl he's pursued before. Her apparent lack of interest in him makes him want her even more. As he gets to know more about AM, he finds that he wants to take care of her, be with her, and show her how special she is. Sure, I loved Bo because he was a hot-tempered, sexy, flirt, but I fell in love with him because there was more depth to Bo than I initially realized. He broke my heart a bit, actually. But, I also loved the way he cared for AM. Luckily, I've never been bullied. Sure, I've had my fair of gossip spread about me, but never anything that I really gave much attention to. But AM, this girl's reputation has been decimated. And the sad thing is, that it isn't true and she's spent the past year in hiding. She goes to class, but isn't enjoying college life. One mistake, one mistake, made when she was a freshman put her in this position. The sad thing is that it was a typical college hook-up, but for some reason AM was targeted. She has a few friends, she does well in school, and she even has a job, but she tries to avoid campus life as much as possible.  When she's partnered with the campus heart-throb for biology class, everything for AM changes. Bit by bit, Bo breaks down AM's defenses and she lets herself fall for and more importantly trust someone with her heart. Like Bo, I felt like there was more to AM. She's a rather complex character when I looked at the story overall. I felt for her and in some ways could even relate to her. I have to mention the supporting characters. I was happy to see Noah and Grace again, but I really enjoyed getting to know their roommates a bit more in this book. I was excited when I realized that they will each be getting a book. I also really liked AM's best friend, Ellie. She was such a great friend to AM. She was supportive, honest, and really loved AM. She also had a bit of sass, which made me laugh. Overall, I really enjoyed Unspoken. As I said before, the characters made this book special for me. Frederick's strength is her characterization. They are complex, sexy, likable, and relatable. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series! If you're looking for a new NA series to start, definitely check this one out! Quotes: ~Bo was the poster child for every disaster that female singers warbled about. He'd break your heart and do it smiling. Worse, he'd make you think you were better off for having your heart broken because it was done in by him. -Loc 173 ~I had a little wood in my pants and I needed her to be about fifteen degrees less cute in order for me to be able to obey her commands.-Loc 271 ~"We need condoms for the heart."-Loc 2337 ~"I'm going to tell you something." Bo reassured me, as if sensing I was tottering on the edge again. "I'm scared too, but neither of us are going to get what we want if we don't take a chance." "I want to take this chance with you," I admitted. I'd just done either the stupidest thing in my life or the smartest.-Loc 2441
Tammy_SmutReviewer More than 1 year ago
Wow! Blew me away! 4.5 STARS! I loved this book. I am a sucker for college romance/angsty books. This one was it! It had a sort of a Beautiful Disaster feel to it for me. It wasn't just like BD, just had that feel. I didn't read the first in the series, but I am definitely going to go pick it up. Also note, that I don't think it took from the story at all. I fell in love with Bo right from the beginning. He is hot, funny, smart, and did I mention hot? I also loved the heroine, AM. Most girls I know have made stupid mistakes and that is exactly what she did. Unfortunately a douchenozzle decides to torment her and bully her the rest of her time at College and force her off campus after that mistake. Well, that is until Bo and the gang come along. I felt like Jen did a great job getting you to feel what the characters were feeling. She had me anxious and nervous one minute, laughing the next, and then ready to fight the next. I loved it! I am literally bouncing in my shoes now to get to Noah's story. I also can't wait for Finn's story! Don't hesitate to read this book. I am a new fan! * Copy kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Undeclared so much I didn't think this could be as good, but having just finished Unspoken, I think it was even better! Hot alpha with issues and strong heroine with issues made for the perfectly sizzling match! Loved it and can't wait for the next Woodlands alpha's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I received a free e-book copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* I absolutely loved this book! WAY more than I expected to. The storyline is interesting and serious enough to keep you reading but the author throws in these laugh out loud moments that take it from a good book to a great book. My absolute favorite part of Unspoken, without a doubt, was the characters. They are sooo well written. You have AM who is just trying to survive the daily nightmare that college has become for her. There is plenty of opportunity for us to consider her weak with all the hiding she does but it's so obvious that she isn't. The author gives her an underlying strength and confidence that are impressive to say the least. Then there is AM's best friend and roommate, Ellie. Why can't we all have friends like Ellie? She is fun and kind and fiercely loyal. What she lacks in size, she more than makes up for in heart. Next comes Bo. OMG Bo! The instant we were introduced to Bo he became my new book boyfriend. He is, by far, the most perfect male lead I've read about in a long time. Maybe EVER! And because the cast of characters isn't perfect enough already, Jen Frederick throws in some other gems for you with an outstanding cast of secondary characters including Ryan, Sasha, Noah, the Woodland boys, and Bryan among others. All awesome and all loyal to a fault. When you put them all together you have literary gold. I said it in the beginning and I will say it again. I LOVED Unspoken! It was a great mix of drama, laugh out loud funny, and pure sexy deliciousness. I didn't even touch on the HOT factor in this review but trust me...It's HOT! I have already recommended it to everyone I know and I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Do yourself a favor and go get this book! You will not regret it!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Welp, now that I've read the second Woodlands series book, I think I can officially say that I am a fan of both this series and author Jen Frederick. My favorite type of series is the companions, with each story focusing on a different member of a group of friends or family. In this series, we get the guys of the Woodlands. The first book, Undeclared, was Noah Jackson's book. Unspoken is his best friend Bo Randolph's story. If you've read Undeclared, then you've met Bo Randolph. And if you've met Bo Randolph, then you know why I wanted to read this as soon as possible. Bo is a blond-haired, sexy, charming former Marine. He's a good time guy who's always up for a fight or a f--- (you know what I'm saying). But the thing is, Bo is a good guy. A good friend. Best of all, he's more than good to the girl he cares about. Not only does Unspoken have a worthy guy, but also a heroine who does my heart good. AnnMarie, AM, is a girl that I, like way too many women I'm afraid, could identify with. She's a girl who has been labeled, mistreated, harassed for one event during her first semester in college. She's become withdrawn from university society in an effort to protect herself, the campus ghost. Some might say AM's reaction to the bullying is weak, but I say she's not. That however she handles her feelings and fears is okay and part of a process. Unspoken is not only a love story, or Bo's story, but also AM's journey past the people who've persecuted her, and reclaiming her life and voice. I absolutely loved AM and Bo together. I like how they started out as friends and had a natural chemistry that was both fun, antagonistic, teasing, and suggestive. I love that their relationship didn't revolve around the physical, though they definitely did have that going for them. It was a layered and beautiful relationship that did revolve around trust and friendship and becoming stronger together. A team. Undeclared deals with several heavy issues: bullying, society's unbalanced treatment between the genders in regards to sexuality, physical and emotional abuse and how it affects a victim's decisions throughout their lives. It also deals with trust and the safety you can find in someone that loves you in your entirety. Author Jen Frederick has really hit on something special with the Woodlands series. Her stories are fun, funny, steamy, and thoughtful. Each story delivers enough of the other Woodlands guys to have you itching for more. And now, Frederick and this series have a permanent spot on my "Highly-Anticipated" list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. just so you know this is a mature book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Bo & AM were perfect for each other. The chemistry between them is off the charts hot. It was awesome just watching their relationship come together. They were completely different yet also similar in some ways. They both have a lot of heart and an abundance of strength. Hers in her inner strength and his in his physical strength. Their love for each other is so strong that no one dare try to come between them. I highly recommend this book to everyone. 280 some pages of everything you could want in a romance.
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
Beauregard 'Bo' Randolph is a former Marine and a junior year college student at Central College.  Bo followed Noah's lead when he transferred into Central.  Just like Noah, Bo enjoys fighting as well. He releases all that is built up inside him from his past by using his fists. Bo lives life by one motto, if it feels good, do it. He has fighting and women and he is satisfied until 'she' walks into biology class.   AnnMarie 'AM' West has been branded Central's slut after one drunken party mistake with a lacrosse player. Central students set out to spread rumors and Ruin her reputation.  Now she stays away from Central social life, the parties, or social media. She goes to classes and then spends most of her free time in her apartment with her roommate. But everything is about to change when she walks into biology.   "...You don't know how strong she really is. .." Can Bo warm his way into AM's life? Can he help AM fight to restore her reputation and bring her a feeling of safety on campus, or will he be the one to completely break her? Will AM be nothing but another female distraction and conquest for Bo or will she become something more? Can Bo face his past and his demons or will they continue to send him on a path of self destruction?   "...I'm a bad bet, sunshine, but if you're willing to give me a whirl around the ring, I'm yours. Because you've got me so twisted up inside that I barely know if up is down..." I really liked the first book of this series but now I am in love. I love the Woodlands guys and the friendship and family unit that they are. I enjoy the fact that these characters are strong and independent people but are even stronger together. I gladly give this book a Nerd Alert A or 5 stars and can not wait to read Unraveled!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book!! AM & Bo were so great together!! Great story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVED this book!!! Can't wait for the next in The Woodland series!
dolittleDS More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK !!!
slnSN More than 1 year ago
WOW...second book was even better than the first! LOVED the epilogue! Bo & AM's passion was soo intense & leaped off the pages!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were realistic and storyline was great.
Laura_Downside_Vamp More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars I normally start my reviews with my own brief summary, but really the original synopsis is fantastic so they all seem unsatisfactory. I'll just start with my thoughts... Unspoken was a very emotionally provoking read. You fall in love with the characters right away, and how could you not? Bo is sexy, damaged,and surprisingly deep. An ex-Marine and underground fighter, he's developed his own emotional band aids to deal with his past. AnneMarie (AM) is sweet but hurt and not sure how to over come it. After turning down a lacrosse player at her school, she's forced to live with his nasty rumors that he creates as vengeance. Bo, along with a great line up of secondary characters, pull her out of her self exile and help her fight her demos. In turn, they learn how to fight theirs. Great ending and it was left open for more. Just a fantastic romance that will have you glued to the pages.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
When you are the butt of every perverted, sexual, venereal carrying disease joke on campus, you find ways to blend; to hide. AM only goes to campus for her classes and makes sure to never put herself in the spot light. She has vowed to never date another Central student as long as she lives. She just wants to get her schooling done and make something of herself so she can get her mother out from under her father's thumb. Bo is like a live wire...constantly sparking. Never able to sit still...always looking for his next fight to blow off a little frustration. And he has years of frustration to vent. He had a crappy upbringing by an even crappier father. Getting far away from that vile man and becoming a Marine was the best thing he could have done. But now that he is out, he finds himself following his best friend to Central College. With no real plans for his future, he fights. But one cute brunette is about to change everything he has ever known. Wow. Just wow. I was super excited that Frederick allowed me to review another one of her books. Once I finished UNDECLARED I knew I had to read UNSPOKEN. I loved her writing and her characters, so I had to have more. But I will admit I was a little hesitant. I've been here before. Loving a first book so very much, and then crushed when the 2nd book falls flat. Yep, been there too many times. But not with this one. In fact, I think...nay...I know I loved it more than the first. UNSPOKEN is definitely a little darker and a little deeper than UNDECLARED, but I liked that. Maybe if it had been a lighter read I might now be sitting here writing a 5 star review. I don’t know. All I do know is it worked for this one. And the characters were brilliant. I think AM is one of those characters that readers will connect and relate to. I am sure everyone has been the brunt of a bad rumor at least once in their life. And we all know the hurtful feelings it can bring on. So seeing her face these rumors and take them head on…should prove be a very uplifting message for those of us who have been in her shoes one way or another. I should also mention how much I loved Bo. He and Noah are so different, even though they’ve been friends since the 7th grade and been each other’s battle buddy. It is nice going in to a series where each book is about a different character, and the scenes and the characters don’t run parallel to the first book. I have seen that many times before too. These characters have a different story to tell and trust me when I say you will want to hear it. Absolutely another must read full of anger, lies, and steaminess! And I look forward to her next book, UNEXPECTED. Whose book will it be? Oh the possibilities are endless and I would be happy with any of the guys. From the looks of things…this could be one long, fabulous series. I feel there is lots of drama and heartache needing to be told just in the guy’s house alone. And I am all for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off let me say that I loved, Undeclared, the first part of this series, and I fell in love with Bo even then. He was so loyal and trustworthy, and always there for Noah no matter what. Here in part 2, you get to know him even more and you see not only is he hot and kind of a bad boy, he is also smart and sweet and vulnerable. He really finds himself in this book when he opens himself up to the possibility of a real relationship with AnnMarie, instead of just an easy hookup. I also liked that even when she was going through her own stuff, he didn't go all caveman on her and insist on dealing with it his way, but instead just quietly supported her, and having 5 big friends behind him didn't hurt. I thought the author handled the bullying, harassment and double standard pretty well, without sounding too preachy or condescending, though I don't know if the results would be the same in reality. Finally, I missed Noah. He was my hand down favorite and although he has some short cameos in this book,I wanted more of him. Also, I liked the marine stuff more in the first book. Maybe because there was more of it before and here it was just touched upon, not focused on. You gotta love a hot alpha marine! Oh well.  Looking forward to Finn's story! Hope I don't have to wait too long!
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I enjoyed AM and Bo's story. A bit cliche, yes, but good nonetheless. It took a while to see AM's strength but it showed up. Great, easy read. Finished it in one sitting. Haven't read any of the others in the series. 278 pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a bit better than another romance novel I read recently. I am not sure that men and women talk as much before during and after sex than is portrayed here. I wish these characters went beyond their going to class and having relationships. Still it's an ok beach read.
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I could honestly re-read it over and over! It is definitley worth your money!
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